Xbox 360 Sky Player down, relaunching ‘in phases’ today

via Joystiq [Xbox] by JC Fletcher on 10/28/09

While the Xbox 360 Sky Player apparently launched in the UK yesterday as planned, things veered away from the plan almost immediately thereafter. The service was “suspended” shortly after launch, for what must be the best possible problem in Microsoft’s eyes: too many subscribers.

“Unfortunately due to the unprecedented levels of simultaneous demand,” a statement on Xbox.com reads, “we did not have the capacity to satisfy all service requests and therefore temporarily suspended all access to the service.” The service is being reinstated in phases today, presumably with some upgrades in place to deal with the demand. An earlier statement (reproduced on Engadget) specified tomorrow as the target date for the relaunch — it seems likely that all users will be returned to their regularly scheduled programming then.

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id’s Carmack: iPhone nearly as powerful as Xbox, PS2

via Joystiq by Randy Nelson on 8/1/08

When he isn’t dabbling in rocket science, id Software’s John Carmack is one of the world authorities on 3D graphics programming. Carmack, who recently revealed that he is turning his talents to Apple’s iPhone (the graphics ones, not the rocketry smarts) for a “graphical tour de force,” has provided his two cents on just how powerful the cell phone personal media device really is.

During an on-stage appearance at QuakeCon 2008, the man who’s tinkered with every graphics tech under the sun likened the polygon-pushing capabilities of iPhone to that of Sega’s late, great Dreamcast. Taking the comparison to more current game hardware, he stated that iPhone is “more powerful than a Nintendo DS and Sony PSP combined,” perhaps even nearing the capabilities of the PS2 and original Xbox. Given his statements, we’re even more eager to see the two projects id is developing for the device, a “conventional mobile game” and the aforementioned visual show stopper.
[Via Engadget]